Amistad NRA is the United States portion of International Amistad Reservoir, formed on the Rio Grande along the border of the US and Mexico. Amistad is known for excellent water-based recreation, camping and is surrounded by a landscape rich in prehistoric rock art, a vibrant border culture, along with a wide variety of plant and animal life.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful easy hike! We came down for the weekend and decided to do this trail since it was the closest trail to our park. We hiked with my 74 year old grandmother and she did fine. There were 7 of us on this hike. It’s a nice flat trail for the most part... the part of the trail near Spur 454 is slightly hilly but nothing to steep or difficult.

We were able to see a few deer on the hike and the plant life was quite beautiful. The Lantanas were bursting with color with their beautiful orange and yellow flowers. The fossil beds (near Spur 454) had everyone excited pointing out the different fossilized shells. Had a few good views of the lake.

Speaking of the lake, the All Trails map makes it look like your walking right along the waters edge... your not. You won’t be anywhere near the water. We figured it may be an over flow area where there could be water sometimes during flooding.

hiking
2 months ago

I always enjoy hiking or trail running at this particular Lake Amistad trail. There are 2 main access points to the trail - 1 at the Amistad National Recreation Area visitor center parking lot, look for the trailhead near the culvert facing Hwy 90 West. The other trailhead is accessible at the end of the old Spur 454 road that dead-ends into the brush.

Trails are well maintained, although some of the small side trails are closed at times due to overgrowth. This location is excellent for wildlife watching including birds and deer, and a variety of native plants and cactus are marked with informational signs.

One of the cool features is a lower elevation section that's part of the Del Rio Clay formation and has lots of old fossils embedded into rock. Higher parts of the trail offer great views of the lake and scenery.

At just under 3 miles, I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for an interesting and scenic hike through this lovely desert scrub area. As a side note, most of the trail is uncovered, so make sure to wear adequate sun protection.

Trail wasn't worth the time, about a mile round trip.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

I did some trails near the "Quarry" area off hwy 90. It has some decent views, great sunsets and really picturesque desert flora. They are not too strenuous, about 3-5 miles round trip.